Disney’s Explanation of Changes To The Chosen One Prophecy

The Chosen One was the central figure in the Jedi prophecy that foretold the coming of the one destined to bring balance to the Force by destroying the Sith. The prophecy also affected the realm of Mortis, as the Father believed—in the event of his death—only the Chosen One had the strength to preserve balance between the Son and the Daughter. During the final years of the Galactic Republic, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn discovered the Chosen One in the form of Anakin Skywalker, a human child enslaved on the planet Tatooine. Skywalker joined the Jedi Order and, during the Clone Wars, became an exceptionally powerful Jedi Knight before falling to the dark side of the Force. Adopting the identity of Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith, he participated in the systematic purge that left the Jedi all but extinct.

Vader had a son, Luke Skywalker, however. Having lost the former Anakin Skywalker to the dark side, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Grand Master Yoda spent decades hiding in exile, awaiting the time when Luke was ready to be trained as a Jedi. Kenobi, who considered his fallen apprentice lost to the dark side, came to believe that Luke would fulfill the prophecy of the Chosen One. However, Luke endeavored to redeem his father, believing that there was still good within him. Moved by his son’s compassion, Vader sacrificed his life to destroy his Sith Master, Emperor Palpatine of the Galactic Empire. The deaths of the last two Sith Lords rendered their order extinct. As a result, the Force was brought back into balance. With his destiny fulfilled, Anakin’s spirit was reunited in death with his former mentors, Kenobi and Yoda.